by Alex Andor Skanavis
Trafford Publishing

"Woke he 'neath tree & beheld world transform
To sterile grounds, onwards tyco-mass swarms..."

Set in a futuristic, apocalyptic, war-torn version of Earth, Skanavis’s poetry is lyrical harmony that is best read aloud. With style, rhythm, and even parts of meter influenced by behemoths of the poetry world like William Blake, Emily Dickinson, and James Joyce, there is no shortage of creativity. The main character, Kreon and his tribe, are tasked with tending to the last garden on Earth. While the scenario is undoubtedly out of the realm of reality, Skanavis’s poetry is thought-provoking and forces one to ponder if the idea of the human race destroying earth is truly far-fetched.

Galaxia is open to myriad interpretations; however, one central focus is on the profound healing nature of plant life, particularly the multi-nuanced mushroom kingdom. Interestingly, plants are one of the few “creatures” on earth that have embedded themselves throughout the galaxy; however, they are also regarded as more expendable, putting the world on the verge of a future ecological disaster.

Throughout the epic compilation, the synergistic nature of the mushroom is on full display as it replenishes sun-gorged valleys and brings about visions of rebirth and restoration. The fusion of scientific technicalities and science fiction is intriguing. Nevertheless, readers of Galaxia must embrace the poet's complexities of writing and thought and nurture every word to fully relish Skanavis’s efforts. In other words, this isn’t a run-of-the-mill poetry compilation that can be speed read. On the contrary, the contents within the cover will compel the audience to ruminate on the presented themes long after the poetry is read. In Kreon’s own words, “the world is our oyster mushroom,” and science fiction aficionados and thinkers alike will find Galaxia a meaningful exploration of this oyster mushroom.

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